Last July we told you an interesting story about Bennington Rural Fire Department Chief Joseph Hayes, who was criminally charged after throwing a flashlight at a motorist who didn’t slow down at an emergency scene. In January, Hayes entered a guilty plea on a disorderly conduct charge saying he wanted to get this all behind him. On probation in that case, Hayes, who lost reelection last month but is still a department official, now has something new that he will want to get behind him. Joseph Hayes is accused of embezzlement and false pretenses surrounding a fire department raffle. In addition, Hayes’ wife Angela has been charged with accessory on the false pretenses charge.
Neil P. Goswami of thee Bennington Banner reports the embezzlement charge is a familiar one for the former chief:
“This all stems from a raffle at the Bennington Rural Fire Department while he was the chief where, allegedly, people who won prizes as a result of the raffle never received them. There is an allegation that money that people paid for raffle tickets was never turned over to the department,” (Bennington Police Chief Paul) Doucette said.
Hayes also faced an embezzlement charge in 2007, but was referred to the court diversion program.
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